Israel explains why it removed Waqf’s Temple Mount cams

Responding to an apparent misunderstanding as to who will install surveillance cameras on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, the Prime Minister’s Office issues a statement, saying, “The full arrangements regarding the manner and location of the cameras throughout the Temple Mount, agreed on between Israel, Jordan and the United States, are meant to be coordinated by the professional bodies.”

The statement comes hours after the Muslim authority administering the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City said it tried to install its own cameras on the Temple Mount, but was blocked by Israeli police.

An Israeli policeman patrols Temple Mount in Jerusalem, October 21, 2015. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
An Israeli policeman patrols Temple Mount in Jerusalem, October 21, 2015. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

It quotes US Secretary of State John Kerry, who said on Saturday, “I expect Jordanian and Israeli technical teams will meet soon to discuss the implementation of this idea alongside other measures to maintain and enhance public order and calm.”

According to the PMO statement, “the cameras will be installed based on the results of the arrangements that will be reached by the two sides. Israel has already given its consent for starting the process as soon as possible.”

— Times of Israel staff contributed

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